Gateshead won 2-1
Typical British weather, you just never know what it’s going to do and checking forecasts a few days before hand really do no good what so ever. I checked the forecast on Thursday and heavy rain was expected, checked it again on Friday (when it was already raining heavily) and forecast for the actual match was again heavy rain. It was because of this I decided on Friday night to get myself some waterproof trousers that go over my normal trousers. Come Saturday morning thinking that I was prepared for the match I again checked the forecast and there was absolutely no rain forecast at all.
I still had other little jobs to do in preparation so just making sure my camera batteries were fully charged, memory cards in the camera and also the basic camera settings were set up.
I must admit that I was nearly late leaving the house as I was busy playing FIFA 13 on the Xbox 360, it’s always good to relax and chill out before going out anywhere.
The match against Hereford was going to be an important one as it was the new manager’s, Gary Mills, first game in charge. As with any games when a manager takes over a club the players will be out to impress him and play to their very best. The lads certainly didn’t disappoint with their performance as the first half was more like an exhibition match.
The club’s photographer, Martin Avery, was away on holiday so it was up to myself and Charlie Waugh to capture the action. I decided well before kick off that instead of going to my usual place, behind the goal line nearest to the main stand, that I would go to where Martin would usually be which is at the other side of where I was. This paid off in the first half as I was able to get lots of photos and also with the lads playing so well there wasn’t that much time when I was having to wait to take photos.
This was also the first match that I had my MP3 player with me, I only had one ear piece in and i was glad I took it as I kind of got an extra buzz from it. The first half I was listening to Metallica – And Justice for All and the second half was Iron Maiden – Dance of Death. From this I have decided to take it to every match and I reckon for the next match it has to be Metallica – The Black Album. After all it was when I listened to Metallica that the lads had the better half so got to stick with them.
I didn’t have to adjust my camera settings too much during the game but from looking at some of the photos afterwards I still need to concentrate more on panning the camera when focusing on a player. Some of the photos will truly be in focus and then the next one is a bit blurred. Overall though I am happy with my photos especially when I took 349 and have used 86 on my website, not a bad day’s work.
Next weekend i will be covering my first actual away game for Gateshead when they play Cambridge. It will be good to see Ryan Donaldson again but naturally I do hope that Gateshead get the win, 1 nil is my prediction at the moment.
Equipment used: Nikon D7000, Sigma 170-500mm f5-6.3 lens, velbon monopod, Peli 1510